End-of-Year English Skit for ELLs: See You Later, Alligator

Are your students heading off for the summer? Have you taught your learners some different expressions for Saying Goodbye?

See You Later, Alligator is a fun, easy skit to celebrate the end of a school year or term. This skit can be adapted depending on the number of students you have. If you have fewer than 20 students, cut out some of the parts. If you have more students, put your thinking cap on and come up with some more goodbye rhymes. You may want to throw in some other languages or change some of the rhymes to better suit your students’ personalities. Have fun!

Characters

  • Teacher (or a student dressed/acting like the teacher)
  • Students (organized in pairs)

Props

  • backpacks
  • school books
  • one coat
  • animal masks/signs (optional—if including, you may want to use our Animals & Wildlife flashcard set)
  • noisemaker for teacher (optional)

Script

See You Later, Alligator

The teacher (this can be you or a student acting like/dressed like the teacher) stands front and center. The students stand on two sides of the teacher with their backpacks on (Student 1 left stage; Student 2 right stage, etc.). After the first few lines, Students 1 and 2 walk from opposite sides of the stage and meet up in the center to say their line. After they each say their line, they give high-fives/fist pumps or shake hands and walk off the stage going opposite ways and waving goodbye to the remaining students and teacher until only the teacher remains on the stage.

Teacher: [extra sweetly to class] I can’t believe it’s the last day of school!
All students: [loudly] Me neither!
Teacher: [to audience/parents] I need a breather.
Teacher: I’ll miss you all this summer!
All Students: [loudly] Me too!
Teacher: [to audience/parents] What a zoo!
[Students 1 and 2 walk to center stage from opposite sides.]
Student 1: See you later, alligator.
Student 2: In a while, crocodile.
[Students 1 and 2 wave or give high-fives and walk off in opposite directions. Stage actions repeat for each pair of students until only the teacher remains.]
Student 3: See you soon, cute racoon.
Student 4: Bye-bye, house fly.
Student 5: Take care, panda bear.
Student 6: Farewell, snail shell.
Student 7: Toodle-oo, caribou.
Student 8: On my way, stingray.
Student 9: Grab your coat, billy goat.
Student 10: [runs to grab coat from the ground] Till next year, white-tailed deer.
Student 11: Hasta mañana, fuzzy llama.
Student 12: [makes peace sign] Peace out, rainbow trout.
Student 13: Thanks for the laugh, tall giraffe.
Student 14: [makes a gesture for friend to call him/her] Let’s talk, peacock.
Student 15: Hit the road, little toad.
Student 16: Off you go, buffalo.
Student 17: See you at the park, great white shark.
Student 18: Catch you at the lake, rattlesnake.
Student 19: Ciao for now, daisy cow.
Student 20: Cheers, rabbit ears.
Teacher: [waving] Keep in touch, creatures. Don’t miss your teachers!

Note: If you have an uneven number of students or a very shy student (or twins who want to go up together), have two students come out as the “giraffes” and change the peacock’s line to “Thanks for the laughs, tall giraffes.” The two students can both say the line: “Let’s talk, peacock.”

Vocabulary for Leave-Taking

Saying Goodbye Usage
Goodbye. formal
Bye. less formal
Bye-bye. often used with children
See you later. common, formal or informal
See you/ya. common, informal
Talk to you soon. spoken or written
Keep in touch. often written
Later. informal
Cheers. informal, friendly
Have a nice day/week/summer! common, formal or informal

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